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Argentina, Germany advance

Bhubaneswar: Argentina edged past England 3-2 while Germany defeated Netherlands in the shoot-out to become the last two teams to qualify for the semi-finals of the Hockey World League (HWL) here on Thursday.

In the first quarter final of the day, Argentina, who finished third in Pool A with just one point, scored through field strikes from Lucas Villa (21st minute), skipper Mattias Paredes (29th) and a penalty stroke conversion by Juan Gillardi (34th) to eke out their first win of the tournament.

For England, David Condon (29th) and Adam Dixon (60th) found the net, but that was not enough for them.

Later in the day, world No. 5 Germany got the better of European champions Netherlands 4-3 in the shoot-out after the two teams were locked 3-3 at the end of regulation time in the thrilling last quarter-final duel. Germany took the lead in the 12th minute through a field goal by Julius Meyer. Florian Fuchs (34th) and Constatin Staib (41st) scored the other goals.

For Netherlands Mirco Pruijser (2) and Bjorn Kellerman scored within a span of seven minutes. In the shoot-out, the Germans kept calm to come out on top.

Meanwhile, India and Argentina will lock horns in the first semi-final on Friday while Germany take on Australia.

“India are a tough team to beat. You can’t predict how they will come out in a game and that was visible against Belgium on Wednesday. They beat the most impressive team of the tournament,” Argentina’s Gonzalo Peillat said. PTI

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